Lewis Hamilton was left raging at his Mercedes team as a late tyre choice allowed Max Verstappen to overtake him and claim victory at the Dutch Grand Prix.
A race full of drama ebbed and flowed but was ultimately mastered by the reigning champion, who performed a stunning late move on his 2021 title rival.
The race took place at Zandvoort next to the calm and picturesque Holland seaside, but a short walk away the pitlane was utter chaos.
Ferrari again had a number of blunders to take away their chances of victory from Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz who started second and third, and Mercedes later matched them.
An issue with Yuki Tsunoda’s Alpha Tauri saw the Japanese driver slow and provoke yellow flags, before he restarted, but then pulled over to the side of the track.
A safety car was called, just when it looked like Mercedes had nailed their strategy calls with Hamilton in the running for his first win of the season.
That was taken away from him though when his Toto Wolff-led team decided to keep him out on his medium tyres for track position while the almost the entire rest of the grid pit.
The call was instantly shown up to be the wrong one at the restart, with Verstappen flying past the no.44 before they’d even reached the first corner.
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Seven-time champion Hamilton then slumped back even further, eventually ending in fourth, and expressed his outrage at the botched call on team radio.
“I can’t believe you guys **** me man, I’m so ***** angry now,” he said, and later reacted even worse.
Hamilton then lost his second place to teammate George Russell and the two almost collided as the senior driver made a late move, almost colliding with the approaching car.
Hamilton eventually ended fourth when Leclerc also passed him, leaving Verstappen to cruise to a home win.
“Very lovely, the threw everything at us!” he said as he enjoyed his victory lap among orange flares.
“A majestic drive,” his team told him in return.
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